Dmitry Nepomnayshy, MD, knows a thing or two about residency: the long hours and relentless pages, not to mention that feeling you’re drowning in emergencies.
Nepomnayshy came to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center as a resident in 1996, and now he heads the surgical residency program, guiding newly minted doctors through their formative years.
Last week, Nepomnayshy and other physicians took time to eat and chat about things other than medicine with Lahey’s new class of residents. It’s not uncommon for interns to have trouble adjusting in their new lives as doctors, he said. The stress of the job combined with a lack of sleep is very challenging.
“It’s a huge transition,” Nepomnayshy said. “You take somebody that’s a medical student, who is sleeping and eating well, and now they have to learn to be a doctor and deal with high stress.”
Nepomnayshy has seen everything: from residents crying on the floor to forgetting to eat while at work for 12 hours at a time. But on the evening of July 21, 35 residents kicked back and enjoyed typical summertime foods such as watermelon, salad, chicken skewers and various sparkling beverages on a back patio at Lahey.
The hospital’s new residents are less than a month into their internships, the first year of a multi-year program to instill hands-on experience in their chosen medical specialties. Residencies typically last anywhere from three to seven years.
Surgical resident Kimberly Waite, MD, a Washington state native, was on hand to have dinner with some of her colleagues. So far, Waite was upbeat about her first year.
“Everyone has been really helpful,” Waite said, adding that she has already performed operations while at the hospital.
Fourth-year surgical resident Haddon Pantel, MD, urged interns to have fun amongst all the work.
“It goes by so quickly, he said. “Try to keep in mind it’s an educational experience, not just a job.”